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Wood Dash Kit... yes? no?

What are your opinions? And, that said, is the synthetic as good as the real wood?

Does anyone have any photos with example of their wood dash upgrade? I'm teetering on doing this, but am unsure. I did it on an old Vette I had once and liked it.
 

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Its a personal preference...I personally don't like them...but to each their own. I saw Disasters in person and it didn't do it for me.
 

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A nice dash kit is an definite improvement over the stock OEM plastic dash. Dash Kit Specialist offers a $10 samples orders selection feature which can help you decide the synthetic vs genuine question. Covering the entire dash in leather looks really fantastic, as probably a combination of leather and a premium dash kit would.
 

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A nice dash kit is an definite improvement over the stock OEM plastic dash.
No question - anything would look better than the corporate plastic you see on all the GM stuff, but if you have any appreciation for real wood grain, sticking what is essentially MacTac on the plastic holds limited attraction for you. It seems somehow more honest to leave it as is than dress it up in more fake material which might fool other people but you'd always know. If knowing didn't bother you, by all means go for it, it's just that I could never do that, as I collect antique wooden furniture and other items and the fakery just wouldn't sit well with me.

I agree that it looks fairly good at a distance. And even upmarket cars use fake wood these days....
 

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Hi Bill.
I do think along the same lines as you do regarding wood. I collect guitars and specialize in those made of exotic woods (cocobolo, koa, walnut, sinker redwood, etc.). My plan was real wood for the same reasons you specify. The reason I ask is because I've heard some suggestions that the real wood can crack, dry out, etc., and that the synthetic would not. I keep my guitars in a room that is constantly monitored and controlled for temperature and humidity... for that very reason.

To everyone - thanks for the input also!!! Positive and negative thoughts are always appreciated, absolutely.

Does anyone here have an example of their wood dash?
 

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Wood, Plastic, Paint or Leather?

As you can see I went the JPM Leather route!:thumbs:
 

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The dash kits are heavily 'embalmed' in a thick resin coat, so I doubt that the real wood ones would dry out and crack.

Thing I don't like about them is they all have wide gaps around the knobs/vents, letting the painted plastic show through. And then they have the strange edges around the grab handle and the slits around the 12v socket. Just doesn't look finished or 'factory'.

Personally, when (if?) I get round to it, I'll either paint or cover mine with Alcantara.
 

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Some photos of wood grain pattern installed 3 years ago. Have had a lot of compliments. I love it and am very satisfied with the quality and finish. In the end, everyone has different tastes and it is a personal choice. I have since remove some of the kit as I thought it was too much. It comes off fairly easily.





 

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Calling OldManRob... Cleanup on isle three!
My dash, vents, wheels, buttress plugs and valve covers are all printed. Go see examples on the "Punisher" thread on this very forum.
 

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I won best interior do to cherry dash kit.
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Hi Bill.
I do think along the same lines as you do regarding wood. I collect guitars and specialize in those made of exotic woods (cocobolo, koa, walnut, sinker redwood, etc.).
Nice. I had some CD racks made up in bubinga wood - I believe that has also become popular in guitars?
 

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Bill - Yes on Bubinga, I have a guitar made entirely of it (except for neck/fretboard).
The other one I've had him use is Zebra Wood for the CD cabinets.

We tried doing some shift knobs (they were for Jensen Interceptor which normally had thin glove leather over a plastic Chrysler automatic knob, so we did wood sleeves) in things like burled walnut but the figuring didn't show up as the piece was too small to carry much of it.

I also saw a shift knob done up in lacquered Tubi wood (expensive, almost black but with a grain that shows well) and it was lovely.

Some of the guys with Skys with more flamboyant interiors could look at Purpleheart !

There is probably a small market for a wood turner to hook up with JPM to offer hand crafted knobs for their replacement shift levers. I might even be a customer!
 

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Rob, that definitely works great with your car's theme! Looking good!!

Bill... Love, love, love zebrawood. I have a guitar in that as well, LOL. I wish it would look good for my dash. I'm thinking a deep brown walnut.
 
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